DANBURY, Conn. -- Second grade students from Wooster School in Danbury visited New Pond Farm in Redding earlier this month to explore the Eastern Woodland Indians
During the trip, the students explored the important Native American culture that inhabited the eastern woodlands for centuries. The students learned about the daily activities of the Connecticut Indians, including the important roles played by all family members, home life, cooking, and the use of ceramics.
They also learned how women crafted clothing from animal skins, and the importance of the seeds, nuts and berries gathered by children through spring, summer and fall. Students had the opportunity to try traditional foods comprised of freshly made corn bread and farm-fresh maple syrup, roasted seeds, dried berries and popcorn.
The Pre-K class also enjoyed a wonderful morning at New Pond Farm. They got to milk a cow and pick fresh eggs from the chicken coop. Finally, they learned a bit about sheep and their warm coats that can be made into yarn for knitting. Each child made a bracelet out of clean and carded wool.
New Pond Farm is celebrating its 30th year as an environmental education center with a small working farm. Its102-acre property is located in West Redding.
Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school located in Danbury, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
To learn more, visit woosterschool.org.
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